“Grantis alternately echoes whisper-to-a-scream blues snippets of Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton before exploring feels from metal to jazz.” - Abstract Logix
The Toronto based virtuoso brings all that and more to her blazing performances as part of the new power rock band 3RDEYEGIRL, alongside music icon PRINCE, bassist Ida Nielsen and drummer Hannah “Ford” Welton. The group completed a critically acclaimed tour in the spring of 2013, following a North American television debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” where they performed “Screwdriver” and the classic early PRINCE song “Bambi”. The US tour was followed by select European performances in Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal and the Netherlands. More recently 3RDEYGIRL have spent time in Minneapolis, New York and London recording music for their debut album, tentatively titled Plectrum Electrum.
Prior to becoming part of the creative community at Paisley Park, Grantis fronted the renowned psychedelic fusion trio, the Donna Grantis Electric Band. Inspired by artists ranging from Bill Frisell to Billy Cobham, the group’s debut album Suites, is a concept record released in 2012 featuring two five-track suites of original instrumental music named after Grantis’ beloved PRS guitars: Elektra and Starla. In October 2012, she completed a headline tour throughout Europe in support of the release. While in Amsterdam, she spent time floating in a sensory deprivation chamber after reading that the process was known to open up one’s third eye and stir creativity among jazz musicians. Within a month she serendipitously received a call from Hannah and her husband Joshua Welton, on PRINCE’s behalf, inquiring if she would like to jam with PRINCE and the band. PRINCE had charged the Weltons with the task of going online and finding a guitarist for his new group. Through 2013 Grantis has performed with 3RDEYEGIRL and as a member of PRINCE’s twenty-piece supergroup New Power Generation.
Grantis was self-taught early on, learning how to play AC/DC and Led Zeppelin songs on her brother’s acoustic guitar. Her love for searing, overdriven guitar solos inspired a quick switch to the electric. Her first public performance was at the North American Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition where she was a semi-finalist; Grantis played the blues classic “Red House” to a capacity crowd that included Al Hendrix (Jimi’s father) at a rock bar in Cleveland, Ohio. She continued studies in Montreal, completing a Jazz Performance degree at McGill University. Upon graduation she returned to Toronto and immersed herself in the music scene as a session musician and live performer. In these roles she has toured the world performing alongside a diverse mix of award-winning artists.
Commenting on her new evolution with 3RDEYGIRL, Grantis states: “Playing live is so much fun because every concert is unique - we improvise and stretch out arrangements, playing off of the energy of the audience and each other. The chemistry we have together is really special. It's been an amazing, magical experience to perform with and learn from PRINCE – one of the greatest musicians of all time – and to create music with world class talents Hannah and Ida. Our upcoming album captures the passion and intensity we put into every performance.”